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SRI LANKA: Stretchline launches Fit-U elastic to improve fit Katie Smith | 11 Jul 13

Narrow fabrics and knitted elastics supplier Stretchline has launched a new elastic to help lingerie and activewear manufacturers offer a better fit and more comfort for their customers.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 18 May 12

Top stories on just-style this week include a report on Adidas suing Big 5 over an alleged infringement of its three stripe trademark, an article on western apparel companies considering reshoring to their home markets, and a story on how the abolition of the World Trade Organization's multi-fibre agreement failed to deliver wealth to Cambodian and Sri Lankan textile and clothing workers.

SRI LANKA/BANGLADESH: American & Efird takes control of joint ventures Petah Marian | 14 May 12

Sewing and enbroidery thread maker American & Efird has acquired the outstanding stakes in its Sri Lanka and Bangladesh joint ventures from partners Brandix Lanka Limited and Brandot International.

just-style management briefing: Other issues to watch in the year ahead Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Generally, 2012 is seen as being another challenging business year for the apparel industry. Uncertainties include the performance of the global economy, the European debt crisis, US consumer sentiment, and producer price inflation. Being able to react quickly to sourcing challenges, get more efficient in production, and reduce cycle times will help firms react to these volatile markets.

just-style management briefing: Lessons learnt from the past for the future Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

What should apparel firms have learnt from the upheaval of the past couple of years - and what should they be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? Buyers and manufacturers need to build a deeper, long-term relationship our respondents said, as well as focusing on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.

just-style management briefing: Opportunities for the apparel industry in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Opportunities the apparel industry can look forward to this year include speed to market, which favours sourcing in the western hemisphere; growth in the number and spending power of middle-lass consumers in emerging markets like China and India; and the use of technology and the internet to make sourcing a truly global activity.

just-style management briefing: Apparel industry challenges in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2012. The economic situation in Europe and the US, swings in commodity prices, labour shortages and rising costs, especially in China, all add up to a worrying year.

US: Brandot names new chief operating officer | 22 Jul 10

US-based apparel sourcing giant Brandot International Ltd has promoted Kanishka (Kani) Wijayasiri as its new chief operating officer.

SRI LANKA: Brandix opens apparel-making hub in India | 5 May 10

Sri Lanka's leading apparel exporter, Brandix, has finally opened its long-awaited apparel park in India, and says the new facility takes it a step closer to its goal of being the region's preferred sourcing hub.

BANGLADESH: Investors set up first metal button facility | 9 Mar 10

A trio of investors from the US, Hong Kong and Bangladesh are setting up Bangladesh’s first metal button and rivets factory to supply the country’s $14bn garment export sector.

SRI LANKA: Fabrics firm puts Speedo LZR in fast lane | 15 Aug 08

Sri Lanka’s Stretchline Holdings, a specialist in performance enhancing apparel products, was one of the firms that helped Speedo produce the LZR Racer swimsuit that has proved so popular at the Olympics.

INDIA: Brandot, Bannari open “world class” underwear plant | 9 Apr 08

Bannari Amman Group (BAG), one of south India's largest industrial conglomerates, has opened a joint venture apparel production unit with US-based sourcing giant Brandot International Ltd.

BANGLADESH: A&E to start second Bangladesh operation | 27 Nov 07

Textile manufacturing group American and Efird (A&E) Bangladesh is setting up a new manufacturing unit next year to cater for growing demand.

Conference discusses apparel industry from concept to consumer | 23 Mar 07

Niki Tait reports on the recent International Textile Institute Conference in Sri Lanka, where around 170 delegates heard research papers from textile and apparel university departments around the world. Here she presents a roundup of the four keynote speeches which looked at ethical production partnerships, retail opportunities and the benefits of free trade.

BANGLADESH: A&E Lanka in expansion drive | 7 Feb 07

American & Efird Lanka (A&E Lanka), the Sri Lankan manufacturer of sewing and embroidery thread, is to double production capacity at its plant in Bangladesh this year.

US: Brandot International takes a stake in Julianna Rae | 15 Dec 06

Textile and clothing maker Brandot International Limited has made a growth capital investment in women’s sleepwear, intimate apparel and active wear designer Julianna Rae Inc.

US: Brandot International signs Indian manufacturing deal | 7 Nov 06

Apparel giant Brandot International Ltd has formed a joint venture with Indian conglomerate Bannari Amman Group to make sportswear and intimate apparel for retail and wholesale brands in the US and Europe.

SRI LANKA: Brandix Lanka expanding to India | 29 Sep 06

Brandix Lanka Limited, Sri Lanka’s largest exporter, is getting ready to open a 1,000-acre apparel and textile industrial zone in India next year.

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